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Devon Sproule

Drill Hall, Lincoln Wednesday 26 September 2007 With so many great singer songwriters about these days, especially in light of the fact that MySpace creates one per minute, it's becoming rare for me to want to dwell on just the one for more than is absolutely necessary. Tonight however, as soon as...

King Rollo - John Doe the Story of the Blues

Spiegeltant, Rotherham Sunday 23 September 2007 The final night of this years' Rotherham Open Arts Festival went out on something of a blue note. John Doe: A Story of the Blues, is a fascinating stage show incorporating song, dance and poetry, which celebrates the story of the blues and most...

Rotherham Open Arts Festival 2007

Spiegeltent, Rotherham Saturday 15 - Sunday 23 September 2007 As part of the Rotherham Open Arts Festival, a group of talented local musicians congregated for the first of two afternooon concerts, under the banner of the 'Real Music Bar', run by Pete Thornton-Smith (MC). The first of these concerts...

Jonathan Kelly

The Rock, Maltby Friday 21 September 2007 When Rob Shaw, organiser of the prestigious Rockingham Arms Folk Club in Wentworth, tapped me on the shoulder sometime early in 2004 and said 'guess who we had here last week doing a one off unannounced appearance?' I could've named literally dozens of...

Harvey Andrews

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 17 September 2007 There should be a government health warning printed on each ticket to a Harvey Andrews gig that reads: Warning, drink coffee or eat chocolate at your peril, and as for not turning off your mobile phone... Harvey is from the 'old headmasters' school of...

Bob Fox

The Rock, Maltby Friday 14 September 2007 I dare not even hazard a guess at exactly how long Bob Fox has been singing songs from the North East in the folk clubs, but when I first ventured into folk club land, and that's pretty much a long time ago (and a bit), he was a fixture in all the local and...

Guy Clark

Memorial Hall, Sheffield Tuesday 11 September 2007 Whenever you get the chance to see someone of the stature of Guy Clark in one of our towns or cities, you approach that city thinking to yourself, Guy Clark's in town. There's a presence. When you get to the bar of the venue you become increasingly...

Becky Mills and Patsy Matheson

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 10 September 2007 It would probably be impolite to describe here just how scared Crosby Stills and Nash were when they took to the Woodstock stage way back in '69 for their supposed second gig ever, but last night for their third gig ever, Becky Mills and Patsy Matheson...

Cambridge Folk Festival 2007

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge Monday 30 July 2007 Once we arrived at the festival, set up camp, had a few beers, got acquainted with the neighbours, downed a pot noodle or two and had a kip, the heavens decided, quite un-prompted by anyone in the vicinity, to unceremoniously open. I can't remember...

Rachel Unthank and the Winterset

Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge Sunday 29 July 2007 There is something otherworldly about Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, something I just can't seem to put my finger on. I don't know exactly why I get this all too familiar shiver skidaddling purposefully down my spine each time I hear those...

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